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The Summer of JR Smith is just beginning

J.R. Smith is on a special kind of run right now.

He’s been one of the most criticized Cavs players over the past two playoff runs. People said the moment was too big for him, that you couldn’t trust him, that he’d never be able to contribute on a stage as large as the NBA Finals.

Throw all that shit out the window, folks. The Cavaliers are NBA Champions, and J.R. Smith played a huge part in our team winning the game we’ll never forget on Sunday.

But this run I’m talking about, the Summer of J.R. Smith, all started with his daughter Demi’s comments about her daddy after the Cavs win in Game 6:

Us too, Demi. Us too.

Then, and I’m not sure this is getting talked about enough (we’ll get there, we only have the rest of eternity to talk about that game), J.R. put in 8 points in the first two and a half minutes of the second half on Sunday. He helped squash what looked like a potential Warriors run, keeping us within 2 at the 9:30 mark in the third.

After the win, Smith gave what I’m sure will go down as one of the most memorable post game pressers of all time.

You honestly can’t say enough about that three minute clip. Most guys pack it in when they get emotional, maybe ask for the next question or walk off the stage altogether. Not J.R. He fought through the tears to give his full answer so the world could hear what his father and family means to him. A special moment.

After that, J.R. was understandably ready to party.

Must have left his shirt in Vegas, cause when The Pipe stepped off the plane in Cleveland yesterday, well, you had to see that coming.

What. A. Rollercoaster. And I think (hope) this is only the first of many hills and loops.

You can’t help but be happy for this guy. Watch this Vice ride along with him from earlier this year. After all he’s been through, to be able to experience this run with his family and contribute and be embraced by his teammates and this city, man. Try not to smile.

I cannot WAIT to see what he has in store for Wednesday.

VICE Sports Ride Along with JR Smith

“Hold on. Sorry. This is Bron, excuse me one second. If I don’t answer, he’ll kill me.”

Remember earlier this year when people were questioning LeBron’s leadership abilities? That was fun.

  • Had no clue JR grew up with basically a full NBA roster of siblings. But I do have a pretty good idea which kid would have no problem reaching for that last piece of pizza
  • Guess he used up all his bricks as a kid working for his dad’s construction business
  • 30 for 30 on JR’s time in China? That, I’d watch.
  • “My first tattoo was a picture of me dunking. Well, it was a picture of Vince Carter dunking and I just changed the number and put my name on the back.”

  • He wasn’t kidding about them offering him a shitload of money to play in China. $3 million for 4 months. He only ended up pocketing $1.82 million though, after skipping close to 80 practices and leaving country on occasion without telling the team. Classic JR.
  • Add “drinking cups of plain hot water” to the legend of JR Smith
  • Can’t even be mad about him admitting he was pissed when the Knicks traded him to Cleveland. You can just hear how much he loves New York, and he talks about Melo like LeBron talks about Wade.
  • Appreciate the sentiment at the end about not having to score and only caring about winning, but I think we all prefer fading-away-in-the-corner-hushing-opposing-fans JR.


The Hawks took their historical loss last night like real pros

From Cleveland.com:

“CLEVELAND, Ohio – A few of the Atlanta Hawks players spoke to cleveland.com after Wednesday’s 123-98 rout by the Cleveland Cavaliers and voiced their objection with the way the Cavaliers went about breaking the three-point record.

“It’s a certain way of being a professional,” Paul Millsap said to Cleveland.com. “I’m not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that’s how you want to approach it, that’s how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don’t think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?”

Al Horford echoed his frontcourt mate’s sentiments.

“We probably wouldn’t do anything like that [if we were in that position],” he told cleveland.com. “…It’s hard to say, but I would say no.”

Kent Bazemore implied that what goes around, comes around.

“I’m a firm believer in karma,” the small forward relayed to cleveland.com. “Maybe we’ll be the team to break that record soon. Everyone knows how they play. They get out in front and they’re a totally different team. It is what it is. We’ll see them again. That wasn’t Game 4. That was only Game 2. They still have to beat us two more times before they can really celebrate anything.””

Hey Paul, Al and Kent. So you don’t want a team to make a record number of three pointers against you is what you’re saying. I get that. If only there was something you could do, collectively as a unit, to try and prevent a shot from your opponent from going through the hoop.

Oooooh ooh oh! Maybe try and mix in a little defense every now and again? Just spitballing here, probably way off base, just the first thing that popped in my head.

Now I’m no basketball czar, but I’m guessing if you baby birds didn’t let us shoot 8 of 12 from deep in the first, we wouldn’t have ended up heaving close to 50 before the final buzzer.

And even then, after that first quarter, you still had three other 12-minute chunks of time to try some new things like putting hands in people’s faces.

This is the NBA playoffs, not a CYO league. The #1 seed in your conference isn’t going to stop shooting threes when they have a chance to set an NBA record and their opponent continues to let them. Sorry buddies.

“I think our team and our organization has class and I don’t think we would have continued to do that,” – Paul Millsap

The team and organization that held a promotional night completely centered around an app whose sole function is to help drunk people find other drunk people willing to bang them? Twice? Is that the organization you’re referring to, Paulie?

All we did was hit a shit ton of three pointers. You guys are facilitating sex out of wedlock. Classy.

Gameplan: let LeBron shoot, don’t let JR shoot.

LeBron makes 4 of 6 from deep, JR makes 7 of 13.

Hawks – “They shouldn’t do that!”

Bye bye birdies.